ethnic Indian pattern


I could complete the green gold silk fabric for my friend this week. After that I was alternatively working with  these two  projects in progress.
 Green boat neck tunic.

The diamond  shaped mirrors are being stitched on this green boat neck top. I am working 2 or 3 mirrors at a time every day.
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 Black and gold tunic.

The leaves and tendrils are worked in stem stitch with 3 strands. The stems are worked in 4 strands. At this point, I am thinking it is taking more time than expected. The design offers scope for more details. But if I work on them, this project might take time which is not practical. Keeping it simple and just be within the plan will be the best option. I took an aspect of a big paisley design and modified and  drew the size I wanted  from this book, I have.
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Though all designs are interesting, I tend to favour traditional Indian designs. Before being exposed to this embroidery world through the web, I grew up seeing these designs around. Hand embroidery takes time, to work on each and every idea may not be possible. But some of them are very inspiring, calming the mind and gives contentment too.

It was New Year day, after deciding to go with the projects in progress, by afternoon, an idea to start a new tunic project came to mind.
The tailor had marked a black silk tunic for embroidery 2 days before 2020 started.
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The gold fabric with black  border lines is a long stole [duppatta] for this black tunic. Earlier, I had drawn and prepared a single paisley design for this. After I  traced the pattern onto the fabric, my friend came with a sewn tunic, which she got from the tailor that day. He had sewn it well, she wanted to incorporate a small  motif all over the front of the tunic, which she had seen somewhere, but couldn’t get hold of it again .I tried some stitching on the inside neck with sample threads to give reality to her idea.
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I started marking the placements of the motif and drew an upright cross[2 cm] on them that night. Next day I worked 2 motifs, and searched my stash also for similar options.
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Her idea when she said I couldn’t interpret in embroidery, after deliberating for some time changing the metallic threads, we could arrive at something common. This is the motif she is happy with.It is worked brown metallic thread, silver metallic thread and same green silk thread.
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Total number of motifs -31. I am still working on them. I completing each and moving onto another. This might be completed by next week.

Still working on tunic projects this week.
Completed the mirrors on grey striped tunic. And it is with the tailor now.
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Navy neckline
This neckline embroidery also was completed. The finished piece is given to my friend.
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Inspired again by this dark and light contrast idea, I designed another neckline for a cream chiffon tunic .The embroidery will be done on dark blue silk cotton fabric.
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Yellow green boat neck
This border will have diamond mirrors later. The triangles were worked with closed Cretan stitch.
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Red cotton
This fabric is Egyptian cotton. I had planned to start work on this tunic, the dark blue neckline embroidery idea intruded. Have to see if I‘ll find time this week to work on a design for this tunic.
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I worked on four projects this week.
Grey striped tunic
The pattern around the neck and inside the teardrop motif was worked first. The next stage is working the mirrors.
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Grey cotton chikan tunic
The neckline was also worked with chikan [shadow] work. It is ready to go to the tailor, once it comes back, I am have to work along the hemline.
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Navy neckline
The work on this neckline is moving quite fast this week.
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The oval shapes on the border around this boat neck are being worked with closed herringbone.
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Quite satisfied with this week’s progress.

 

I completed the plum cotton project. This past week was more on ideas of designing and drawing some of them.
The grey chikan work tunic lies as it was on last Wednesday. This is a long project, with the same herringbone stitch and back stitch, so I am not in a hurry.
I started embroidery around the neck line on this grey striped tunic. The kutchwork motifs are worked in the same thread, so planning to add more shades of orange on this border pattern.
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I had bought this fabric in Muscat. They said it was linen, it didn’t look so. Still I liked the colour and the way it draped. It is like a soft burlap fabric in cream colour.
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I had this navy silk/cotton fabric. Some simple border designs were interesting. A round neckline, with these simple curves and peaks was drawn and traced onto the navy fabric. My friend also finds it interesting! Let us wait for it to develop.
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This past week was a good one progress wise. I could even manage to work on a stitch on SSS challenge. I am working on the last colour -beige on this plum cotton tunic, hoping to complete it by tomorrow.
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The kutchwork elements on the grey striped tunic were worked with the same bright orange thread. This is definitely a change from chain stitches!
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Grey cotton tunic with chikan embroidery
The full design with motif repeats was drawn on graph paper. My friend wanted one colour-cream to be used for the shadow work. The complete design was traced onto the reverse side of the grey cotton tunic with white craft pencil. I was very eager to see the outcome of this embroidery, so enthusiastically completed one motif.
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This motivated me to work on a stitch on SSS challenge too.

 

The works of this week were around tunics. Though the chain stitches on plum cotton tunic are monotonous, still it is interesting to see the growth on these simple border patterns.
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A kutchwork pattern with chain stitch and mirror elements was drawn and traced onto the grey striped tunic after the tailor marked the neck. He doesn’t design the neck, just the dimensions are marked and the front piece is cut by him. This gives me room to design the neck, yoke etc. by cutting the tunic to size, I don’t have to hold the whole fabric while doing embroidery. Started the work with kutchwork elements in bright[ it does not look so bright in the image though!] orange thread.
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In April I had bought a few tunic fabrics on cotton, they are not handloom. A light weight cotton, easy to maintain and cool to wear on hot days, they were used as blouse fabrics for sarees. The navy tunic with Kashmiri work came from this set.
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My friend liked this grey [we call it elephant grey colour] and she wanted chikan work done on it. A motif design which will be repeated was drawn yesterday. The front of the tunic will be filled with this motif. The plan is to draw the whole design on graph paper and then trace it on to the fabric.
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After completing the blue tussar for my friend [she also worked on it] with beads, this week passed with working on plum cotton tunic.
The chain stitch on other side with the same thread was completed yesterday, tomorrow is another thread.
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I have a bright orange tights which matched with an old black tunic with Kashmiri embroidery.
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This embroidery was cut and stitched onto another tunic few months ago.
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Now this tunic goes well with black tights.
A tunic needs to be designed to match with orange tights. A striped grey hand loom fabric seems to match along with an orange checked handloom fabric. The tailor is marking the neck for embroidery.

I am drawing a design with kutchwork and mirrorwork elements.
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This tunic top was worked in 2013.
The tunic fabric was bought to match with the ready to wear Patiala salwar pant.
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A simple pattern to be incorporated with gold beads.
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The embroidery with beads, sequins and mirrors.
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Detail
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The sewn tunic.
plum and yellow tunic

This tunic was worked in 2012.
This cotton tunic is handloom cotton in golden yellow. The Indian pant is cream and yellow with a wavy pattern.
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the pattern was inspired by a tunic seen in a boutique.
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Starting with kutchwork border in the centre , the other linear stitches are chain in different colours, closed herringbone stitch, zigzag back stitch, fly stitch and its variation, and the last chain stitch boxes are for the mirrors to be worked inside. The detail-
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After working the small square mirrors.
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The detail after working the mirrors.
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The sewn tunic.
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